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Replace in selection with TextEdit Apps
TextEdit (at least version 1.3 in Panther) supports restricting a Find and Replace to just the selected text in a document rather than the whole thing. Press the option key when the Find dialog window is open, and the Replace All button switches to read In Selection. Somewhat oddly, the button will switch even if no text is highlighted to form a "selection."
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Replace in selection with TextEdit
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 18, '04 12:47:15PM

Also somewhat oddly, TextEdit deselects after you make a change with the Find/Replace box. That is, your selection does not remain selected. You can't do, for example, two different Find/Replaces consecutively on the same selected text. You'll have to go back to the TextEdit page and re-select your text.

The good news is, the Find/Replace box is non-modal, meaning you can leave it on the screen while you re-select text--you don't have to close it. Something common in OSX, I know, but worth pointing out because many of us have developed habits based on older OSes. I catch myself closing boxes like the Find/Replace box just because I am used to the idea that I must.


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